College of Child & Youth Nurses

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College of Child & Youth Nurses, NZNO

If you're passionate about children and young people’s health in New Zealand, you need to belong to the College of Child & Youth Nurses, NZNO.

We promote co-operation and the sharing of knowledge and skills among nurses concerned with the health of children, young people and their families - both in hospital and community settings.

Our mission

College of Child & Youth Nurses, NZNO supports nurses through the development of specialty knowledge and skills, to meet the unique health needs of all children, youth and families.

Our aims

The aims of College of Child & Youth Nurses, NZNO shall be:

  • To be the recognised professional organisation of all Nurses for Children and Young People in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • To recruit nurses and associated health care members practising, identifying with, and/or interested in the care of children and young people to belong to the College of Child & Youth Nurses, NZNO
  • To practice within the protection, partnership and participation principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • To develop and disseminate Standards of Practice for Nurses for Children and Young People Aotearoa
  • To provide a communications network for all members including regular newsletters, conferences and disseminating information on issues pertaining to nurses who care for or have an interest in children and young people
  • To liaise with appropriate authorities on social and health issues relevant to children and young people nursing and community health
  • To encourage, promote and provide the development of educational programmes/seminars for nurses of children and young people and those interested in the nursing care of children and young people
  • To encourage and support research into issues affecting the nursing of children and young people
  • To actively facilitate the ongoing strategic and professional development of nurses of children and young people in conjunction with NZNO and appropriate health authorities
  • To promote nursing of children and young people and increase the profile of nurses of children and young people
  • To communicate and liaise with other child and young people organisations at a national and international level
  • To support the objectives, policy and activities of NZNO.

What we offer

With CCYN you can be supported, get information on further education and research, and participate in national conferences. You can also benefit from:

  • a vehicle for talking online to other nurses throughout the country
  • a voice to foster and promote cohesive child advocacy in the political arena
  • opportunities to comment on and/or contribute to proposals, legislation and national policies which affect children, young people and their families.

ACCYPN E-Learning Opportunities

ACCYPN Webcasts are recordings of past events that can be purchased and then watched online or downloaded on demand. The re-launch online service will allow you to select and pay to watch your choice of programme from those available on the ACCYPN website.

You can now purchase individual sessions at a reduced cost - there are over 40 topics to choose from! On average, you can purchase an hour of learning for $20.00. You can record 1 CPD point per hour of viewing.

These E-Learning opportunities are useful if you have been unable to make it to an event or if you would like to re-visit some of the topics.

Click here to visit the ACCYPN E-Learning pages.

Children's Commissioners Blog

The Office of the Children's Commissioner advocates for the best interests of all children and young people in New Zealand. The Office of the Children's Commissioner looks to ensure all of their rights are respected and upheld.

Youth Health Nursing - Standards for Effective Practice

For further information please contact Gillian Alcorn, Secretary of the Society for Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa, New Zealand (SYHPANZ)

AYA Cancer Network Aotearoa


The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Network Aotearoa supports a series of working groups, involving a diverse range of health and voluntary sector professionals. They provide advice, recommendations and action plans on specific areas of service delivery across the continuum of cancer care for the AYA population (12 to 24 years).

Improved research and participation in clinical trials is pivotal to attaining better long­term outcomes for young people with cancer. In New Zealand we have a low accrual rate onto clinical trials for the AYA population.

The focus of the Clinical Trials Working Group is to explore and support the development of strategies and tools to improve/support access to participation onto clinical trials for AYA cancer patients.

We are looking for interested representatives from the following professional groups or organisations:

  • Paediatric Oncologist/Haematologist
  • Adult Oncologist
  • Adult Haematologist
  • Clinical research representatives - Paediatrics and Adults
  • Funding/Planning/Management
  • AYA Key Worker
  • Regional representation
  • Nursing

    Working group members would be expected to demonstrate active involvement and attendance at the majority of meetings held. This will be an annual face-to-face meeting and 6-8 weekly video/teleconferences.

  • Expression of interest form

    For more information and/or to apply email: or call Heidi Watson, National Clinical Lead on 021 337 129. Expressions of Interest are open from 24 November 2015 and close 11 December 2015.

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